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J.R. Smith vehemently denies being racist toward Jeremy Lin


J.R. Smith took to Twitter to post a vehement denial that he ever behaved in a racist manner towards Jeremy Lin when the two were New York Knicks teammates.

Smith’s decision to issue a denial stems from comments made by Lin — now with the Brooklyn Nets — during an appearance Wednesday on the Boomer & Carton radio program.

Carton asked Lin if he ever experienced racial issues during his time with the Knicks, specifically signaling out Smith as possibly one of the offenders.

While Lin never said Smith ever behaved in a racist manner, he didn’t deny it, either.

“I’ve never spoken to J.R. about it,” Lin told Carton, as transcribed by Nets Daily. “I’ve never spoken to whoever else you might think about it. So, it’s hard for me because I don’t want to speculate. The one thing I will say is that race has been a huge part of my journey ever since I was a child trying to play basketball.

“So, I do think there was always that type of component involved but again as I’ve always said, it’s a double-edged sword. It comes with the good it comes with the bad. Yeah, sometimes I’m different… I look different and I’m treated different and that’s a negative thing, and in some ways that’s a really positive thing. Like, Linsanity wouldn’t have happened if I was white, or black, or whatever. Part of the reason why it was so crazy is because I’m Asian. I think race plays a part into it, always has, and to what degree or how much to who felt what, I can’t specifically answer.”

Smith must have caught wind of Lin’s comments, as he quickly posted a series of tweets in denial of what reasonably could be inferred by what Lin had to say.

No one outside the locker room will ever know exactly what transpired behind the scenes with the Knicks when Smith and Lin were both with the organization. But it’s clear Smith wasn’t happy at all with being portrayed as exhibiting any sort of racist behavior toward Lin, or anyone else for that matter.

[Black Sports Online]